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With budgets getting tighter and health care needs growing, it makes sense to funnel shrinking resources to the most effective care. But, as Sharon Begley explains in "The Best Medicine" in the July 2011 issue of Scientific American, finding the best bang for our medical buck would be easier if we used the increasingly important analytical tool of comparative-effectiveness research.
More efficient health care means dispelling some common myths about what "good" care is. Here is a brief explanation of why some of the most prevalent assumptions about medical care in the U.S. and beyond are wrong: